Lionel Messi's dad hits back at La Liga over statement on star's release clause

Lionel Messi’s father has hit back at La Liga and is disputing their interpretation of his son’s Barcelona contract.

La Liga released a statement earlier this week claiming that the 33-year-old’s €700million release clause remains valid and that any interested party would have to pay that figure in full should they wish to sign Barcelona’s talisman.

In a strongly worded letter, Jorge Messi, who held talks with Barcelona’s under-fire president Josep Bartomeu earlier this week, claimed that the release clause is no longer applicable.

He wrote: ‘Mr Jorge Horacio Messi, as representative of the professional soccer player, Mr Lionel Andres Messi, in response to the informative note published on August 30, 2020 by the National Professional League, in relation to the player’s contractual situation, and apart from its obvious partiality for the role that such institution represents, in defence of the interests of is associates (football clubs, I must state that:

‘We do not know which contract is the one they have analysed and what are the basis on which they conclude that it would have an applicable ‘termination clause’ in case the player decides to urge the unilateral termination of the same, with effect from the end of the 2019/2020 sports season.

‘This is due to an obvious error on your part. Thus, as literally stated in clause 8.2.3.6. of the contract signed between the club and the player ‘this compensation will not apply on the termination of the contract by unilateral decision, effective from the end of the season 2019/20.

‘Without prejudice to the other right that are included in the contract and that you omit, it is obvious that the compensation of 700 million euros, provided for in the previous clause 8.3.5.5 does not apply at all.’

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